Upcoming Events

Conflux 17: passages and portals

Date: 29 September – 2 October 2023

location: Novotel Canberra, 65 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra

Conflux 17: Passages and Portals will explore the future of the speculative fiction industry over three days from 29 September to 2 October 2023 at the Novotel Canberra.

Register for Conflux today, or sign up to keep up informed about guests and programming. Watch this space for the program announcement!

Conflux Short Story Competition

Conflux invites you to submit stories of 4000 words or less, in any speculative fiction genre, on this year’s theme, which is “Passages and Portal”.

The short story competition is open to all Australian residents and current members of Conflux. Entries can be sent to <chair@conflux.org.au>. Submissions close at midnight Monday September 18 2023.

Entry is $5, unless you are a member of Conflux or you are aged 16 or under, in which case it is free! (The entry fee can be paid here.)


First prize is $200 and a Conflux 2024 membership. Second prize is $50 and a discounted Conflux 2024 membership, and third prize is $25 and a discounted Conflux 2024 membership.


Stories should be written in English, suitable for a general audience (i.e., no gratuitous violence or erotica), and your own original, unpublished work. No AI-authored works, please; we only accept authors made of meat.

Please submit them in the following format: RTF or MS-Word DOCX, double spaced, with the story title in the top right header.

Make the first page of your document a cover sheet that includes your name, contact details and story title (we will remove this before we give it to the judges). YOUR NAME MUST NOT APPEAR ON ANY OF THE OTHER PAGES OF THE STORY.

Winners will be announced during the convention weekend at the Ditmar Awards ceremony.